Sometimes its fun to peak behind the curtain and find out what makes the villain tick.
Mayor Dufresne is proud of himself. Proud of his car lot. Proud that he came from nothing but worked his way into becoming a rich man. His got a big mouth that he uses to beat everyone around him into submission, but he isn’t without a soft underbelly. Clearly, wonky eyed Carl is the son that the mayor wish he had and he admires the young man, even though he berates him about his eye on occasion.
We also learn the mayor has a son and takes no pride in him whatsoever.
The commercial is just priceless. The mayor is surrounded by incompetence.
I love this chapter.
I love the dynamic between Cole and Maude. Both are bitter and pissed. Cole feels old because he just turned 40. Maude is 63, a reminder that it could be worse.
As we read the exchange, we get the idea that a) both have been squeezed through the ringer of life and come out the end wiser yet, in the immortal words of Kelly Clarkson, “less willing to stray far from the sidewalk.” They’ve been beaten down hard by life but… b) they don’t throw pity parties. Well, they do but they don’t share it. They don’t seek attention from others. Look at me, feel sorry for me, pay attention to me…no, you won’t find them begging for sympathy.
Maude is the one person who can get Cole to flash a rare smile and to open up a little bit about the emotions he’s feeling inside. You get the impression this is a quasi-mother/son relationship and both care about the other quite a bit without getting all mushy about it.
We learn that Cole has conquered a drinking problem brought about by the loss of his ex-wife. We learn that Cole has a prosthetic leg which should hopefully serve as a catalyst to get readers to want to read more and find out how that happened.
Also, we learn that Cole’s favorite pastime is big game hunting. He’s not shooting squirrels. He’s shooting big, angry animals who could easily claw him apart and eat him for dinner. Why does he do this?
When we’re young, we have plenty of fight in us.
As we get older, we get knocked around. We become less inclined to put up our dukes.
Hell, sometimes if someone is willing to fight you for something, it’s easier to just let them have it.
We can tell that Cole is equally happy to see his ex-wife because he misses her. He drinks in her presence like a thirsty man might drink water.
But he also doesn’t want to fight her. So he lets her have the case, no questions asked.
Rusty still has some fight left in him. Why do you think that is?
And who is right? Cole or Rusty?
You ever see Gran Torino? That moment where Clint Eastwood tells the youngsters to get off his lawn?
I suppose that chapter is my Clint moment. The joke about getting rid of hipsters by offering them jobs is surely an old person joke and maybe I’m getting too old. WTF? Where’d all these gray hairs come from?
Note that Sharon and Cole both have the same anti-hipster views.
The best relationships are not based on physical attractions. Looks, after all, will fade, and we all look the same when our bones turn to dust. Thus, the best relationships are when like minded people stick together.
Sure, you might be dating a model, but in the morning, you’re going to need to agree on a lot of stuff, so if you don’t…
I feel like every character should get at least one moment to shine and this is Gordon’s. He’s so disgusted by Dolores’ dirty talk and Dolores is just letting it all hang out.
Old people just say whatever they want don’t they? I suppose when you’re that close to death there are few, if any, consequences so might as well throw caution to the wind.
Do you think Walter Cronkite ever had to shove a kielbasa down his pants to keep his newsman job? Probably not. Does that say anything about the state of journalism today? Probably so.
Who do you think is texting Natalie about the toilet killings?
#1 – Cable news channels have analysts for everything, so if they have a hooker analyst, it wouldn’t surprise me. By the way, is it me, or is the title of Sam’s book accurate?
#2 – I love lampooning the media and also political scandals. Here, Governor Graysmith gets caught hiring a ridiculous amount of hookers. I don’t know why repeating the phrase “ridiculous amount of hookers” is funny to me, but it is.
#3 – Speaking of politics, it is amazing how the politicians train us through the TV to bark and clap our fins together like trained seals. It’s like voo doo magic with words. They think of a talking point and then that’s the response whenever someone questions the inappropriate activity. Ergo, Governor Graysmith says his wife is depressed about the ridiculous amount of hookers he hired and that if the press asks about it, they’re causing her pain…the press…not the man who hired the ridiculous amount of hookers.
#4 – Natalie sells out, hopefully not for long.